Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights

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Basic Books, May 15, 2003 - History - 322 pages
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Are we ready for parrots and dolphins to be treated as persons before the law? In this unprecedented exploration of animal cognition along the evolutionary spectrum-from infants and children to other intelligent primates, from dolphins, parrots, elephants, and dogs to colonies of honeybees-Steve Wise finds answers to the big question in animal rights today: Where do we draw the line? Readers will be enthralled as they follow Wise's firsthand account of the world's most famous animal experts at work: Cynthia Moss and the touchingly affectionate families of Amboseli; Irene Pepperberg and her amazing and witty African Grey parrot, Alex; and Penny Paterson with the formidable gorilla Koko. In many cases, Wise was able to sustain an extended conversation with these extraordinary creatures. No one with even a shred of curiosity about animal intelligence or justice will want to miss this book.
 

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

(this review was originally written for Bookslut) If you're looking for an impassioned argument for animal rights, Drawing the Line is not the book for you. If you're looking for a manifesto, a ... Read full review

DRAWING THE LINE: Science and the Case for Animal Rights

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Prominent animal-rights activist and lawyer Wise (Rattling the Cage, 2000) makes a case for animal rights based on "practical autonomy."He begins with the now-familiar analogy between animals and ... Read full review

Contents

In a Ugandan Rain Forest i
5
Who Gets Liberty Rights?
35
Christopher
49
Honeybees
73
Alex
87
Marbury
113
Phoenix and Ake
131
a Echo
159
Chanter
179
Legal Rights for Nonhuman Animals
231
Notes
243
Index
307
About the Author
322
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About the author (2003)

Steven M. Wise, J.D., has practiced animal law for over twenty years and has taught at the Harvard, Vermont, and John Marshall law schools. He is President of the Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights, which he founded in 1995. The author of Rattling the Cage, praised by Cass Sunstein as "an impassioned, fascinating, and in many ways startling book" (New York Times Book Review), and Drawing the Line, which Nature called "provocative and disturbing," he has been profiled nationally by such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Time magazine.

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